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Millions of European consumers may be at risk of catching Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease CJDthe fatal human version of BSE - despite their Alzheimer s disease memo assertions that their countries are free of the cattle disease, the European Union's most senior scientists warned in a report yesterday.
Up topeople in some member states could be exposed to infected material from a single cow if it were allowed to enter the food chain because it had displayed no clinical signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy BSE. The EU's scientific steering committee believes that Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece and Sweden should introduce bans on the most infective parts of cattle, including brain, spinal material and intestines, while Italy and Spain should extend their measures to cover beef from all countries, not only from those known to have BSE.
In Britain all meat from cattle more than 30 months old is banned from being used in food. Even so, a handful of infected animals not showing "mad cow" symptoms are still thought to slip into food production.
The European commission has failed to introduce precautionary measures throughout the Alzheimer s disease memo because some countries claim they have no BSE or that it has been evident only in imported cattle. The new advice is likely to undermine European confidence in beef as the legal wrangle between the commission and Paris over the safety of British beef continues.
But the committee, which cleared British beef for export after a month ban, is worried by cross-border trade in live animals, organs, offal and processed foods. It says the risk of exposure to BSE "is not necessarily linked" to geographic incidence of the disease.
Tests to identify BSE in cattle carcasses in its early stages do not offer reliable screening. But the removal of risky parts of animals significantly reduces the potential for infecting humans. Those victims are believed to have become infected before most controls were introduced inthough the first death did not occur until The full health risks from Britain's costly epidemic of "mad cow disease" BSE are still unknown, the chairman of a long-running investigation into the crisis said on Friday.
Speaking at the final session of an inquiry which has taken evidence from people, Lord Justice Phillips said it was not yet clear how many cases of CJD -- the human form of the disease -- would emerge. He said the 48 known cases of CJD -- the deadly human Creutzfeld Jakob disease affecting the brain -- may turn out to be just the "tip of the iceberg.
Evidence from hundreds of civil servants, scientists and politicians, including former Prime Ministers Lady Thatcher and John Major, has been given to the inquiry, which is also examining the role played by the government in the crisis. BSE was confirmed in writing by this laboratory a year or more earlier.
This web site has long carried a photocopy of the original memo. Although that ban has officially been lifted, the British government is still locked in battle with France over its refusal to allow the import of British beef.
The European Union this week began legal action against France over the issue. Members of a French parliamentary delegation conducting an inquiry into food safety supported Paris's continuing beef ban, criticised British safety standards and pointed out that 48 cases of CJD have been detected in the UK as against two in France.
Indications of the depth of French resistance to a lifting of the ban contrasted with the British Government's coup in achieving a big beef export order to the Netherlands.
Officials estimate that the order will be for around tons, equivalent tosteaks. According to the European Commission, Britain exported ,tons of beef to France in When the mad cow crisis broke in exports plummeted. Officials said this was the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, most often called mad cow disease, found in France this year.
It was found in a milk cow, born in Finistere in The herd of animals was slaughtered. The cow did not originate Spain. The disease has an average incubation period of five years.
France has provoked a diplomatic spat by keeping in place its ban on beef from Britain, where mad cow disease first sparked an international scare in Last August, the European Union declared that beef from Britain was again safe for import, but France has angered its cross-channel neighbor by continuing its ban.
A judge rejected a move by a local resident, Rosemary Turnbull, of Station Road, Blyton, for permission to challenge a decision of the Government's Environment Agency to allow temporary unlicensed storage of carcass-rendering residue.
Mrs Turnbull had accused the agency of making a legal error in granting disposal company pH Pollution Control correct permission to use the barn -- about half-a-mile from her home -- while its application for a licence under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations was being considered.
But Mr Justice Jowitt said the agency had given detailed consideration to possible environmental risks and to the steps which would be taken to avoid those risks.
The agency was satisfied that human health and the environment would be protected There was "no arguable case" for challenging the agency's decision, he said. The plan is to store it in the barn until it is taken to Flixborough, Humberside, for incineration.
The increase in the number of cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease CJD recorded at the end of was genuine and not attributable to better awareness and detection of the disease as has been previously claimed, report researchers in this week's BMJ.
At the end ofthe UK CJD surveillance programme recorded a rise in the number of cases of variant CJD, but it was unclear whether this was a real increase or a result of better ascertainment of the disease. In order to clarify whether better identification of deaths from CJD was the cause of the increase, Dr Azeem Majeed from the Office for National Statistics along with colleagues from the National Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Surveillance Unit and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine examined the medical records of people aged who had died in England duringfrom neurological disorders that could have been confused with CJD.
The authors found no previously unsuspected cases of CJD in the records they analysed and say that this means the surveillance programme is unlikely to have missed a significant number of cases.
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